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10 Tips to Manage Kids’ Stress Levels in Your Children’s Ministry

Blog 6.8"Ah, summer. I can't think of a more relaxing time."

That quote was said by nobody in Children's Ministry. We work around kid's sport and camp schedules, set up for vacation Bible school, and deal with vacationing volunteers, all while sweating in the summer heat. I would ask for a show of hands from everyone already stressed out, but their hands are probably full with permission slips, leader guides, and an energy drink.

But, as stressful as our lives can be, the kids in our ministry can have it even worse. Growing up has never been easy, and with today's challenges, it is even harder. Stress is all around, and kids who do not know how to deal with it can act up in class or miss the message.

Here are 10 tips to help reduce the stress level of the children in your ministry:

  1. Encourage parents to limit their kid's TV time by giving them family activity ideas.
  2. I know you only have kids for a short time, but give them a chance to transition after activities. Plan your time wisely so you don't rush kids.
  3. Calm yourself before teaching. Stress seems to be contagious, and kids can pick up when your stress level is off the charts.
  4. Get your kids physically active. Have a particularly stressed bunch? Stop the lesson and let them run a few laps in or do some simple, fun exercises. Work the stress out.
  5. Offer healthy food during snack time.
  6. Talk with kids outside of the lesson setting. Let them share their feelings and tell them that some stress is part of normal life.
  7. Admit when you're wrong or make a mistake. You set a good example for the kids and show that we all fall short of perfection.
  8. Games are great, but remember that it doesn't always have to be a competition. Come up with a challenge and let kids work together and use their problem solving skills.
  9. A classic stress reliever, have kids breathe slowly in and out. Consider tying it into the lesson with by using Psalm 150:6 or Genesis 2:7.
  10. If your church is so inclined, start incorporating music with movement.  Letting kids sing or do sign language to worship music is a great way to calm stressed minds.

So there you have it. Keep these tips in mind, and pretty soon your class will be stress-free. If you are having a hard time dealing with your own stress, don't worry. We have some great ways for you to de-stress as well!

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